SKOKIE, IL — As part of its National Bullying Prevention Month coverage, Patch contacted administrators of dozens of public school districts in Chicago area suburbs to see how they handle bullying in their communities. Across the country, bullying is a problem that affects more than one in five students. While may boil it down to the idea that “kids will be kids,” studies show that students who are bullied are at increased risk for anxiety, depression, poor self-image, mental health and behavior problems and poor school adjustment. Patch posed seven questions earlier this month to administrators of Skokie School District 68, Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69, Fairview South School District 72, East Prairie School District 73, Skokie School District 73.5 and Lincolnwood School District 74 and Niles Township High School District 219. Most of them responded — one with a press release — and their responses are provided below in their entirety. District 68 What is the district’s policy with regard to bullying and cyberbullying?Board Policy 7.180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment What is the discipline process for students who bully others?All observed or reported incidences of bullying are investigated by teachers and/or building principals. Incidences… Read full this story
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